Innovation is the watchword

Published: Wednesday 27th January 2016

Message from Associate Vice-Chancellor (Brisbane) Professor Jim Nyland: On behalf of ACU Brisbane can I extend a warm welcome back to all colleagues across the ACU community. We were recently reminded in a speech by Australia’s Foreign Secretary that Innovation was the watchword for 2016.

At ACU Brisbane, we are gearing up for a busy year ahead with an eye to innovation across all our areas of learning, research and engagement on campus and at our satellite centres.

Our superb facility in Cathedral House Brisbane Central is now home to the Learning Sciences Institute Australia – congratulations to Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith and her team who have already hit the ground running at this outstanding venue.

ACU Brisbane’s increased presence in Cathedral Precinct significantly deepens our partnership with the Archdiocese and its centrality gives LSIA door-step access to future government funded programs as well as new education partnership opportunities.

Our CBD campus facility is a superb venue for the development of future leaders attending the ACU Leadership Centre and it is now also home to LSIA’s international professorial team dedicated to creating innovative ideas and solutions to the pressing challenges facing the education sector.

LSIA’s new home in Cathedral Precinct

Our other new innovative campus facility that will be ready this coming semester is ‘ACU Health Clinics’ - providing a range of health services to the communities we serve, delivered by student practitioners under the supervision of professional placement educators who are experts in their field.

The ‘ACU Health Clinics’ facility on McAuley at Banyo campus has been built to provide state-of-the-art facilities for clients participating in health services in a student teaching context.

This is real innovation in learning and this year our multi-disciplinary work related facility has been extended to include the impressive Speech Pathology Clinic, which opens its doors next month for people with dementia (and their carers) looking to strengthen their every-day communication skills. Congratulations to Professor Paul Carding and his team on leading this exciting initiative.

ACU Health Clinics, Brisbane

I am looking forward to working with you over the course of this year as we advance our emergent reputation as one of Australia’s most innovative universities across the triple helix of learning, research and engagement.